[scribus] Long space bars in Scribus

Meho R. mehor at gmx.com
Fri Apr 20 15:25:48 UTC 2012

On Friday 20 April 2012 17:04:06 John Jason Jordan wrote:
> I should have added that I generally follow Bringhurst in matters of
> typography, and he recommends the n-dash with spaces rather than the
> em-dash or em-dash with spaces. I note that most publishers in the US
> use the em-dash without spaces, but I like Bringhurst's view. I added
> an autocorrect entry to change a space + hyphen to an en-dash. 
Same here. En-dash with spaces indeed looks better than em-dash with or without them, especially when there are couple of dashes on a single page. Some people even use "half-space" around en-dash to further fine-tune visual appearance of a page as a whole.

But, one does not always have liberty to do as Bringhurst recommends, since some (most?) editors often insist on em-dashes.

@Wena, if you follow Gregory's advice, make sure you first change em-dashes (--- to —), and after that do Search-Replace for en-dashes (-- to –). Having a hyphen next to an en-dash isn't fun, even if easily corrected :-)

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